November 18, 2011 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Harrogate, Tennessee—Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will kick off the holiday season on Thursday, December 1 with a full day of activities including a silent auction, Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra (KSCO) Concerts and the annual tree lighting on the quad.

The event will begin with the opening of the LMU Women of Service Silent Auction, set for a 3 p.m. start. A myriad of festive holiday goods will be available for bidding in a heated tent on the quad. Items include holiday wreaths, decorated trees, centerpieces, topiaries and gift baskets. All of the proceeds will benefit LMU’s Women of Service organization which supports students and provides cultural opportunities for students at LMU. The tent will be open until 10 p.m. and items can be taken home that evening or until noon on Friday, December 2.

The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra will perform two concerts in the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center at the Duke Hall of Citizenship. The first performance is set for 4 p.m. and the second will follow the annual tree lighting at 7:30 p.m. The concerts will feature traditional and popular holiday music and are sponsored by LMU, The City of Harrogate, The Claiborne County Tourism Commission and K-N-K Metal Sales, Inc.

The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the quad in front of the Harold M. Finley Learning Resources Center in the Carnegie Vincent Library. The program will include Christmas carols, a performance by the LMU Concert Choir, music by student musicians from the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, festive storytelling and a visit from Santa Claus. Refreshments will be served in the Duke Hall of Citizenship lobby prior to the second KSCO concert.

In conjunction with the holiday celebrations, the University will once again be collecting items for Mission of Hope’s annual Christmas Campaign. This will be the 15th year for the Christmas Campaign. The Christmas Campaign focuses on providing food, new clothing, hygiene items, books and new toys to needy families throughout rural Appalachia. For a complete list of items needed, please visit

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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